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CINCINNATI, OH - NOVEMBER 16: T.J. Yates #6 of the Houston Texans hands the ball off to Chris Polk #22 of the Houston Texans during the third quarter of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on November 16, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)

NFL Preview: Texans At Bengals, Thursday Sept. 14 (Game Time Start, How To Watch)

The Houston Texans will visit the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night, in a matchup of two teams who lost their season openers last week.

Bengals vs. Texans Thursday Night Game Preview


The Bengals, who were predicted to win their home opener this year due to their powerful offense, suffered a 20-0 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. The Texans were trounced by the Jacksonville Jaguars 29-7.

Here is everything you need to know for Thursday’s game:

Game: Houston Texans (0-1) at Cincinnati Bengals (0-1)

Date: Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Location: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH

Kickoff: 8:30 PM EST

TV: NFL Network national broadcast, produced by NBC, and Cincinnati viewers may also watch the game on WLWT-TV (Channel 5).

Announcers: Al Michaels (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (color analyst) and Heather Cox (sideline reporter).

Online Streaming: Watch the live stream on the NFL’s mobile app. International viewers can use NFL Game Pass. at NFL.com.

The Texans announced earlier this week that they will start rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson — a Clemson product — over veteran Tom Savage, who was hit with six sacks and lost two fumbles in Sunday’s loss to Jacksonville. Watson was also sacked four times, although he helped Houston score its only touchdown of the contest.

Watson suffered an ankle injury on Sunday, but was later ruled fine for Tuesday’s practice.

Texans defensive end J.J. Watt recently injured his finger, although he said it’s fine. Houston also placed tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz on injured reserve with a concussion. Among the other Texans tight ends who are injured are Ryan Griffin and Stephen Anderson. Linebacker Brian Cushing and wide receiver Bruce Ellington joined Griffin and Fiedorowicz in the concussion protocol with head injuries.

Fiedorowicz signed a three-year contract extension last month worth roughly $22 million, with $10.1 million guaranteed.

On the Bengals’ side, meanwhile, guard Trey Hopkins and defensive end Michael Johnson did not participate in the team’s latest practice due to undisclosed injuries, according to NFL.com.

CINCINNATI, OH – NOVEMBER 16: T.J. Yates #6 of the Houston Texans hands the ball off to Chris Polk #22 of the Houston Texans during the third quarter of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on November 16, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)

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Written by Pablo Mena